“Low Carbon” Otarian to Open in Midtown on Thursday
Last week Otarian, the much hyped “low carbon” fast food restaurant opened on Bleeker Street and their second location is set to open tomorrow on 8th and 56th. For Midtown Lunchers who prefer
greenhouse emissions meat with their lunch this place is probably a pass, but for Sarah and the other ML vegetarians we’ve rounded up some pre-opening coverage.
Checking out the menu on their site, it looks like most lunch options are in the $7+ range. And while the Tex Mex Burger might have a “lower carbon impact” than a similar Tex Mex beef burger, it also has more calories and total grams of fat than a McDonalds quarter pounder with cheese. According to one Yelper the carbon impact of menu items is more prominently displayed than the price or nutrition info, so if healthy eating is a priority, be alert about your choices.
As for the early word? Planet Green endorses Otarian’s Sweet Potato Chiplets and Tandoor Mushroom O Panner Wrap, vegan bloggers decry the inclusion of dairy on their “ignorance based” menu while Fork in the Road has a feature on the restaurant and owner, Radhika Oswal, and her sustainable restaurant mission as well as some interesting questions about the carbon footprint her own $70 million mansion in progress. I wonder how many Tex Mex Burgers you’d need to eat to off set their 17 car garage?
Otarian, 947 Eighth Avenue at 56th St, 212-489-3270